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2015 Winter Meeting

This is the yearly meeting held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort that focuses on regulatory, legislative and business operations that impact oil and gas producers in PA.

2/24/2015 to 2/25/2015
When: 2/24/2015
9:00 AM
Where: Seven Springs Mountain Resort
777 Waterwheel Drive
Champion, Pennsylvania  15622
United States
Presenter: PIOGA
Contact: Debbie Oyler
(724) 933-7306 ext. 22

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Some exhibit space is still available. Find out more >>

The PIOGA Winter Meeting is the oldest event of its kind in the eastern U.S., organized by the oil and gas exploration and production industry for the E&P industry. We cater not only to those working the region’s shale plays – particularly the Marcellus and Utica – but also to the conventional producers who have been the backbone of our industry for more than 150 years. Our event is located conveniently for those in the industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Virginia and Kentucky.

This year’s big news is the move to Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the shift from late August to May 13-14. Opened in 2001, the 65,000-seat football icon is beautifully situated on Pittsburgh’s North Shore and is conveniently located to the city's many attractions. It's also a great place for an event such as the Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show.

governor-corbettWe also have an excellent conference agenda lined up, with Governor Tom Corbett (pictured at right) kicking off the program. The conference theme is “First and Goal—Scoring Energy Independence,” and topics range from gas-electric coordination to the latest on pending changes to Pennsylvania oil and gas regulations.

You might think that an NFL stadium is an odd place to have an event like this – but you would be wrong. Most of our exhibit space is located in the East and West Club Lounge areas, each approximately 45,000 square feet and boasting three-story-high windows that look out over the picturesque downtown Pittsburgh skyline, Mount Washington and the Ohio River. Additional exhibit space is found along the Promenade area connecting the East and West Clubs. See the accompanying information about reserving exhibit space.

Heinz Field is beautifully situated on Pittsburgh’s North Shore and is convenient to a host of fun and interesting attractions.

Conference agenda

The program kicks off Tuesday morning with opening remarks by PIOGA President & Executive Director Lou D’Amico, followed by Governor Corbett. This is the first time the governor has addressed a PIOGA gathering, and we are honored to have him as part of our program.

Tuesday also will include an update on Act 13 in the wake of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s far-reaching decision; a discussion of the pending revisions to Chapter 78 oil and gas regulations with industry leaders and Department of Environmental Protection oil and gas chief Scott Perry; updates on state and federal government issues; a presentation on weather, climate and energy by Ria Persad of StatWeather, Inc., an innovative company providing weather prediction systems for the risk management industry; and more.

Tuesday evening there will be a political action committee reception, followed by a Welcome Reception for conferees and registered exhibit staff in Heinz Field’s FedEx Great Hall. The Great Hall is another of Heinz Field’s unique spaces, showcasing the storied history of the Steelers and providing an unparalleled networking opportunity. On hand for the reception will be Tunch Ilkin, who played offensive tackle for the Steelers from 1980 to 1992, made two Pro Bowl appearances and is now a well-known sports commentator in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday’s half-day program will focus on ethane capture as well as the evolving relationship between natural gas and the electric generation industry, with representatives from all segments addressing the issues.

Tuesday, May 13
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Trade Show Open
8:30-9 a.m.Opening Remarks
Lou D’Amico, PIOGA President & Executive Director
9-9:30 a.m.Governor Tom Corbett
9:30-10 a.m.Legal Update
Kevin Moody, PIOGA Vice President & General Counsel
10-10:30 a.m.Chapter 78 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Gary Slagel, Gov. Affairs Specialist, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
Scott Perry, PA DEP Deputy Secretary
Ken Fleeman, Mgr. of Engineering, ABARTA Oil & Gas Co., Inc.
Jeff Walentosky, Sr. Geologist, Moody & Associates, Inc.
Jean Mosites, Attorney, Babst Calland
10:30-11 a.m.Break
11-11:45 a.m.Chapter 78 Panel continues
11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m.Penn State’s Energy and Land Management Program
Seth Blumsack,Associate Professor Energy Policy and Economics,Penn State-College of Earth and Mineral
12:05-1:30 p.m.Lunch & Visit Exhibits
1:30-2:15 p.m.Harrisburg Update and Challenges
Lou D’Amico, PIOGA President & Executive Director
Kevin Moody, PIOGA VP & General Counsel
Richard Gmerek, Esq., President & CEO, Gmerek Gov. Relations
2:15-3 p.m.Federal Update
Samantha McDonald, Gov. Relations, Independent Petroleum Association of America
3-3:30 p.m.Break
3:30-4:30 p.m.Weather, Climate and Energy
Ria Persad, President, StatWeather, Inc.
4:30-5 p.m.Act 13 Update
David Overstreet, Partner, K&L Gates
Christopher R. Nestor, Partner, K&L Gates
5-8:30 p.m.Welcome Reception
Special Guest: Former Pittsburgh Steeler Tunch Ilkin (6-7 p.m.)
Reception open to registered exhibitors and conference attendees only
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.Trade Show Open
8:30-9:15 a.m.Ethane Capture
Ed Woods, Turbine Sales Manager, Keystone Drill Services, LLC
9:15-10:30 a.m.Gas-Electric Coordination & Roundtable
Moderator: Robert Eckle, President, Appalachian Producer Services, LLC
Greg Muse, President & COO, PennEnergy Resources, LLC
Richard Kruse, VP Regulatory, Spectra Energy
Kenneth Magyar, VP Project Development, Superior Appalachian Pipeline Co., LLC
Ann Scott, Director Development, Tenaska Resources, LLC
Frank Koza, Exec. Dir. Infrastructure, PJM Interconnection
10:30-11 a.m.Break
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Gas-Electric Roundtable, Panel Discussion (continues)

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Exhibit and meeting space at Heinz Field

If you would like to walk the show without participating in the conference, there is a $40 charge at the door. Show hours at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 13 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 14th. Show access also is included with conference registration.

See who is exhibiting this year >>

Interested in exhibiting at this unique venue? Exhibit reservations are open. Use the link below to find out more and to grab your space.

Exhibitor information page >>


Getting to the Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show

From the Airport: Take Route 60 South toward Pittsburgh, which turns into I-279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Keep to the left after exiting tunnel and merge left to cross Fort Duquesne Bridge. Exit to left (EXIT 7A) after crossing bridge turn left onto Allegheny Avenue and follow to North Shore Drive, which circles Heinz Field. (During construction please follow detour signs for 279N and then signs for North Shore.)

From 279 Parkway North: Follow I-279 South to the North Shore Exit (Heinz Field/PNC Park). Follow Reedsdale to the second traffic light and make left onto Allegheny Avenue and follow North Shore Drive, which circles Heinz Field.

From the Turnpike: Take the Monroeville Exit- head toward Pittsburgh. You will be on I-376. Follow I-376 to North Shore ramp onto Fort Duquesne Boulevard. Keep to the left and merge left to cross Fort Duquesne Bridge. Exit to left (EXIT 7A) after crossing bridge and turn left onto Allegheny Avenue and follow North Shore Drive, which circles Heinz Field.

Parking: Paid parking available directly across the street at a rate of $ 7 (subject to change pending North Shore events). Additional parking may be available at the Science Center.

Download a map of area parking locations >>

Conference and show entrance at Heinz Field: Use Suite/Gate B, Art Rooney Blvd. Take elevator to 2nd Floor.


Hotel Information

Hyatt Place
200 North Shore Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
PIOGA group rates (excluding tax): $179/$189  (Group Code: G-GOIL)
Parking: $9/night
Reservation deadline: April 28
Direct reservation link

Residence Inn/Marriott
574 West General Robinson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
PIOGA group rate (excluding tax): $ 169
Parking: $ 19/night
Reservation deadline: April 21
Direct reservation link

Spring Hill Suites
222 Federal St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
PIOGA group rate (excluding tax): $169
Parking: $19/night
Reservation deadline: April 20
Direct reservation link

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